1998 AIME Problems/Problem 12
Problem
Let be equilateral, and and be the midpoints of and respectively. There exist points and on and respectively, with the property that is on is on and is on The ratio of the area of triangle to the area of triangle is where and are integers, and is not divisible by the square of any prime. What is ?
Solution 1
We let , , . Since and , and .
By alternate interior angles, we have and . By vertical angles, .
Thus , so .
Since is equilateral, . Solving for and using and gives and .
Using the Law of Cosines, we get
We want the ratio of the squares of the sides, so so .
Solution 2 (in progress)
Note: The diagram for Solution 1 is inaccurate. This solution uses an accurate diagram as suggested by the problem
Without loss of generality, let .
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